Last year, I adopted a US soldier from Angels N' Camouflage. Yes, I said a US soldier. That was because angels were needed for the many soldiers that had signed up to have someone write to them and send little care packages. At that time, the Canadian government didn't allow anyone to send anything to Any Canadian Forces Member, which I don't think is right. Our soldiers need support just like any other soldier.
I was given that soldier's name only about six months before he was to come home. I sent him a Halloween goodie box, a Christmas care package and hundreds of postcards, letters and cards. I never did hear from him, but that is okay. He needed the support and got something in the mail. From what I'm told, mail call is the hardest part of a soldier's delployment if his name isn't called. Angels N' Camouflage do their best to make sure that every soldier who registers has his/her name called at mail call.
This year I decided to adopt another soldier. Why? Because I wouldn't want to be in a strange country, away from loved ones and my home at Christmas, and have no one write to me or send me a Christmas card. I have a new soldier and have already send him about ten Christmas cards and each one included a letter. I print graphics on the stationary to make it feel a little more like winter or Christmas. When these things arrive, my soldier will have something to pull out of his pocket and read when he is in the field.
All of this began because the Canadian government wouldn't allow us to write to Canadian soldiers. Well, we have a new Minister of Defence this year and guess what? We can write or send cards to Any Canadian Forces Member. I signed two cards the other night and wrote a letter to put in them and off they went to Belleville, Ontario, where they will be sent to a Forces Member just in time for Christmas.
If you are Canadian and want to write to Any Canadian Forces Member, you can find all the information on the National Defence website. You cannot send care packages, but can send letters and cards and you can choose a soldier by where he is deployed.
It's Christmas everyone and though it is getting late to do this, I just found the information the other night. Please send something to a soldier. They are a long way from loved ones and home and they need our support, whether or not you support the war.
You too can join Angels N' Camouflage and adopt a US soldier or veteran. It doesn't matter whether you're Canadian or American, the soldiers just want to know that someone cares and supports their efforts in the field.
If you are Canadian, click the link to the National Defence website, choose an address and send out a handful of letters and cards to a deployed soldier.
Graphic of praying soldier courtesy of Touch of Memory.